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Tessa Baker

What began as a routine drive to work changed the course of Joel Johnson’s life.

“This ordinary day became a morning of twisted metal, broken glass, broken bones, blood and bruises,” his sister-in-law, Paula Cross, would later write in an online post.

Thumbs up to the start of the school year in Powell. Northwest College students returned to classes Monday, and students in Park County School District No. 1 followed suit on Wednesday.

For Powell Middle School students, the first day of school was especially exciting as they set foot in their brand-new building.

When a hiker and grizzly bear happened to cross paths on a recent summer day in Yellowstone, it was an encounter of the most tragic kind.

As part of the superhero-themed Summer Reading programs at local libraries, kids heard from real heroes in recent months. These aren’t the kind of superheroes who wear capes — instead, they can be seen in police uniforms, firefighting gear or even wetsuits, depending on the call. They’re the ones who immediately respond to local disasters and emergencies, whether it’s a fire, car crash, drowning, plane wreck or other accident.

Powell District remains in ‘excellent financial condition’

The Powell school district recently adopted a $25.9 million budget, covering everything from teachers’ salaries to technology to tuition for a group of students living in Yellowstone National Park.

Thumbs up to the new multi-use building at the Park County Fairgrounds.

County commissioners and fair leaders celebrated the facility with a ribbon-cutting Tuesday afternoon, and fairgoers are getting their first look at the new exhibit space this week.

Ribbon-cutting for new building today

Jousting knights, crashing cars, agile alligators, spinning carnival rides, award-winning livestock, a country music star and homemade pies worthy of a blue ribbon are among the highlights this week at the Park County Fair in Powell.

Before the school year begins, one of the oldest remaining school structures in Powell will be demolished.

Demolition work is underway at the old Powell Middle School. Nearby, construction of the new 58,000-square-foot middle school building is nearing completion.

When driving around Powell, you’re likely to encounter intersections where a large RV or trailer blocks your view of any oncoming vehicles or pedestrians.

It’s a dangerous scenario that drivers are too familiar with on Powell streets.

With a push of a button, local school bus drivers can ensure that vehicles illegally passing a bus are caught on camera.

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